2014 BRP Can-Am Spyder ST-S Review: What's New Since '08?
A lot has changed since Bombardier Recreational Products-- aka, BRP-- introduced their Can-Am Spyder in 2008. Of course the global economy tanked that year, sending motorcycle sales spiraling-- but critical to BRP's survival plan was maintaining interest in their curious backwards trike, and preventing it from becoming a flash-in-the-pan.
BRP introduced a semi-automatic gearbox-equipped SE5 model in 2009, and touring-focused RT/RT-S models in 2010. The lineup has since grown considerably, ranging from the RS ($14,899) and RS-S ($18,099) to the ST ($18,999) and ST-S ($20,349), the ST Limited ($24,849), the RT ($22,999) and RT-S ($26,449), and finally, the RT Limited ($30,499). Add between $1,500 and $1,700 to those prices for a semi-automatic gearbox.
For 2014 they've given their RT model a mechanical makeover by adding a torquey new 1,330cc three-cylinder engine, a six-speed transmission with overdrive, better heat management, and revised bodywork-- yes, the RT hogs the spotlight in 2014, and I'll be reviewing that particular Spyder down the line. But for this review, I chose to focus on the ST-S version, the model I (selfishly) preferred to test on my native Los Angeles streets.
The 2014 Can-Am Spyder ST-S ($20,349 with a manual, or $22,049 with the semi-automatic gearbox) is essentially a deluxe version of the ST model, which runs $18,999, or $20,499 with the semi-auto.